April 17 – 19, 2015
Historic Rural Hill
Huntersville, North Carolina
[Weekend Workshops schedule & registration coming up … ]
Plan To Be At Historic Rural Hill April 17 – 19, 2015 for COSCA’s 4th Annual Scottish Clan & Family Caucus
COSCA is delighted to bring the 4th Annual Scottish Clans & Families Caucus to Rural Hill on the Loch Norman Highland Games weekend April 17 – 19, 2015.
In addition to the main Caucus Meeting on Friday, April 17, a variety of Caucus workshops and seminars will be held onsite throughout the Games weekend. The educational theme of the 2015 Scottish Clan & Family Caucus traces the impact upon Scotland – and the Scottish ancestral diaspora – of the dramatic interactions between Gaels and key ‘outlander’ cultures: Norse, English and American. A fantastic lineup of speakers and workshops is on tap.
The Council of Scottish Clans & Associations (COSCA) and Historic Rural Hill, Inc. (HRH) are excited also to announce that our organizations are engaged in positive and exciting discussions aimed at reaching an agreement to allow COSCA and HRH to collaboratively establish a world class Scottish heritage center in accordance with the HRH Master Plan on the phenomenal site at Rural Hill outside of Huntersville, North Carolina.
When COSCA receives a question about Tartan that we cannot answer (really it happens) we head to The Scottish Tartans Authority. Also we really dig The Tartan Ferret but that is secondary. And this is why we are so excited that the incredibly knowledgeable and talented Brian Wilton is taking a few days leave of The Scottish Tartans Authority HQ in Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland and heading to Historic Rural Hill to meet everyone at COSCA’s 4th Annual Scottish Clan & Family Caucus this year.
2015 Honored Caucus Underwriter
COSCA is thrilled to announce that Family Tree DNA is the 2015 Scottish Clan & Family Caucus Honored Underwriter. Selection of FTDNA as our Honored Underwriter is particularly perfect given the colorful thread of family heritage, genealogy and heraldry that runs through this April’s Scottish Caucus.
Family Tree DNA is the steward of the world’s largest ancestry DNA database and through active testing and research it grows each day. For this an many other reasons FTDNA is the official testing partner for National Geographic Magazine’s Genographic Project. Critical to the Scottish ancestral community, FTDNA hosts and manages over 8,000 DNA Surname, Lineage and Geographical Projects, many of them Scottish and Celtic. FTDNA is the world leader in genetic family history research and COSCA is privileged and honored to enjoy the opportunity to work with such a cutting edge pioneer in Scottish ancestral research.
Heritage should never come to an end.
But who makes sure?
Heritage, language, places, relics, culture, values, ancestry. They can all pass away in a surprised and exasperated heartbeat. Unfortunately there is no governmental ‘Department of Scottish American Heritage’ that will keep our very special culture and history alive and relevant in this forward looking age.
How can we know that Scottish heritage will be strong and active for our children’s children? For the next thousand years? For ever? Read more …
BIG EXCLUSIVE REPORT OF GOOD STUFF GOING ON:
COSCA’s Most Excellent Trip To Scotland And Grandfather Mountain!
Part 1: Scotland!
For the best part of June and July this year, COSCA was at the forefront of both games of the biggest double header in recent Scottish American history: Scotland’s Homecoming 2014 signature event Bannockburn Live! in Stirling, Scotland followed by the 59th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games back home in North Carolina. Below is the round up of what happened in Scotland. In a nutshell, it was awesome. Absolutely awesome.
Part 2: Grandfather Mountain!
We have said it before and we’ll say it again: It is difficult to beat Grandfather Mountain Highland Games for Scottish American color and pomp. It is truly a spectacle each and every year. 2014 was no different. Fortunately, this year brought much improved weather over the downpours of last year, sunshine ruled and nothing was cancelled!
Read more ..